We want to help the people who want to solve big gnarly challenges and create exciting new opportunities for humankind.

Taking lessons from punk rock, The Determined has built its foundation on three important ideologies;

1. The DIY Culture

We no longer have to wait for permission. We’re not holding our breath for governments, corporations, or industries to solve today’s gnarly challenges. We have skills and talents that can create lots of amazing solutions. If we don’t know how to do something, we have the guts to jump in and figure it out.

2. Fighting for causes we believe in

How and what we contribute during our time here on this planet, no matter how small, can have a huge impact on the rest of the world. We choose to put our energy towards issues and areas that will benefit all living species on this planet.

3. Questioning Authority/Existing Systems

Certain systems (energy, education, healthcare, agriculture, housing, etc) that are in place are not working. In many cases, these current systems have produced much of the problems in our world. How might we use our collective talents to solve these problems while inventing new systems, new ways of adapting to a changing world?

We are a collective. We are made up of designers, strategists, educators, creative facilitators, and the like with skills and talents that can get you where you want to go, sooner. Some of our collaborators include;

Carl Bean-Larson
Art Director +
Graphic Designer
Matthew Abrams
Entrepreneurial Consultant
David Bill
Design Strategist

Sally Yee
Strategist + Researcher
Ben Snyder
Innovation Consultant
Roslyn Coutinho
Graphic Designer

And we are determined to tackle the world’s biggest challenges… all 17 of them.

But solving these challenges will be a huge undertaking and it will take a lot of hard work, wildly creative thinking, and collaboration like the human race has never before accomplished.

The people behind The Determined

Marc O’Brien

Marc is a designer, design strategist, and creative facilitator who has been in the social design/impact space since ’09. He’s an active member of Project M, lead strategist behind The Social Good Guides, creator of Hey! What’s good in _?, and has been teaching at California College of the Arts since 2013. He’s passionate about unplugging. His work focuses on social innovation, human-centered design, and purpose-driven initiatives that create positive change in the world.

Sarah Harrison

Sarah comes from the startup world, leading design and development at consumer companies like TaskRabbit and True&Co. She became a design educator in 2015, mentoring aspiring UX designers through General Assembly, Bloc, and Whitespace, and became a trainer at the Prototype Thinking Academy, helping entrepreneurs prototype and test their ideas. She focuses on efficient strategies, collaborative and agile team workflows, and working hard on problems that matter.